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January 22, 2014

Policy center’s emissions plan taps Obama’s powers, assumes Hill inaction

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-22 06:53:00

The Obama administration will continue to drive U.S. climate change policy for the foreseeable future, working around a deadlocked Congress incapable of meaningful action, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) said today. Ritter, who now directs the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University, said at a Washington, D.C., briefing that executive agencies seemed poised to make the most of existing authority to draw down emissions even as members of Congress continue to argue over whether man-made climate change exists. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Another View: Wind’s outlook remains strong

By T. BOONE PICKENS, chairman and chief executive of BP Capital, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-01-22 06:53:45

The U.S. Department of Energy now says wind is the second-cheapest American power resource, behind natural gas. Wind energy is becoming economically feasible again. The Iowa Wind Energy Association calculates that nearly $10 billion has been invested in Iowa’s wind farms and manufacturing facilities. That figure might well double in the next three to five years. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Smooth Sailing: Wind Energy Is Breaking World and National Records

Javier Sierra, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2014-01-22 06:53:27

And throughout the U.S., the breeze of good news has become a veritable gale. In 2012, the country’s wind energy capacity surpassed 60 GV (enough to power 15 million homes), no other country installed more wind energy than the U.S., and wind added more power to the national grid than any other source, including natural gas. It’s no wonder then that the price of wind power is hitting record lows: 4 cents per KW/hour, 50 percent less than in 2009. It’s no wonder also that the utility owned by Warren Buffett has invested $1 billion to purchase enough wind turbines in Iowa to generate 1,000 MW. [ read more … ]

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